Pam Grissom (Tucson) is the Chairperson of the Board and one of the founders of Arizona List. Pam is a native Tucsonan. She was the first woman on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club and Junior Achievement. She was an original member of the Women’s Studies Advisory Council at the U of A and works on the community board of Women in Science and Engineering.
Jessica Brandt (Tucson) is a full time mother with three kids. She has her bachelors in Psychology from the U of A and her Masters in Social Work from ASU. Before becoming a full time mom, she worked at Southern Arizona Red Cross in the Health and Safety Department then opened a business which she ran for five years. She has been a lifelong Democrat and feminist.
Renee Morton (Tucson) is a Tucson business woman who owns and operates Homestyle Galleries, Southern Arizona’s largest consignment with- new furniture showrooms. Renee earned a B.A. from Smith College before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania where she received a M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies. Renee also has a J.D. from the University of Arizona. Renee has taught History at Pima College, managed a county supervisor campaign, and published a Tucson shopping guide. She also practiced law in the juvenile court system in Tucson. Renee is a dedicated community activist, who has served on many local boards including twenty years with Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, ten years with the Beacon Group, and fifteen years with the Jewish History Museum.
Andrea Gerlak (Tucson) is the Director of Academic Development for the International Studies Association and Environmental Policy Faculty Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Since earning a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Political Science, she has been on the faculty of Columbia University and Guilford College. She has published widely on environmental and natural resource policy issues. Originally from the east coast, Andrea lives in Tucson with her husband and two young children.
Deyanira Nevarez (Tucson) grew up in San Luis, AZ. Her parents were both immigrant farm workers, and themselves the children of Mexican farm workers. Nevarez and her family continued to live in migrant camps until she was 12. She came to Tucson in 2004 to attend the University of Arizona. She quickly fell in love with Tucson’s warm embrace of its multicultural past. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a degree in political science and Latin American studies. In her senior year she got an internship with Congressman Raúl Grijalva, and upon graduation in 2008 began working for his campaign. In September, 2010, Nevarez moved over to spearhead the campaign to fight HB 2281. Deyanira sits on several boards and tries to be as active as possible in the community. She is the Secretary of Arizona List, the First Vice-Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party, the Vice-Chair of Las Adelitas Arizona and also sits on the YWCA board of Directors.
Stephanie Sklar (Tucson) is CEO of the Sonoran Institute, which inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America. The Institute is a nonprofit organization that is working to shape the future of the West.Prior to joining SI, Sklar was Director of Development for the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. Prior to working for the University of Arizona, she was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners of Greater Tucson. Sklar was formerly the Executive Director of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, Arizona’s largest member-supported statewide conservation organization with offices in Tucson and Phoenix.Before moving to Arizona in 1994, Sklar was Vice President for Public Affairs for the National Wildlife Federation, the largest environmental education organization in the US. While in DC, she also served as Vice President for Communications at The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA, and was appointed by President Reagan as Communications Director for the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors.
She also was an Associate Director of the Small Business Center for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. A graduate of Vassar College, Sklar earned her M.A.T. in English from Brown University and studied post-graduate business at George Washington University.
Ilana Addis (Tucson) is an obstetrician and gynecologist specializing in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She is an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Director of the Division of General Gynecology for the University of Arizona Health Network. Ilana earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an MD from the University of Arizona and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her ob-gyn training at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and the University of California, San Francisco. Ilana is a former board member of Planned Parenthood of Arizona and currently is the Chair of the Arizona Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is also a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Ilana is a Tucson native and lives a block away from her childhood home with her husband, and two children.
Harriet Young (Flagstaff) holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University. As a retired professor of Northern Arizona University’s Political Science Department, Harriet is a dedicated activist and Democrat within her community. She currently serves as the Flagstaff Team Chair for Speak Out Arizona, the Vice President of Coconino County’s Democratic Party, the President of the Flagstaff branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the Vice President of Programming for the statewide Arizona AAUW.
Jacqueline Adams (Phoenix) was born in New Orleans, lived in Germany as part of a military family and finished school in California. Throughout her life, she has been standing up for working families. She has held leadership positions around the country. Most recently, Jacqueline was hired as the Director of Operations and Volunteer Coordinator for the Arizona Democratic Party. But she is not new to most of us! For the last five years, we have been lucky enough to benefit from her gifts as a precinct committee person, a state committee person and an extraordinary volunteer. She has won volunteer of the year twice as well as the Power Award from Organizing For America.
Michael Petersen-Incorvaia (Phoenix) has always believed in the power of women. He has worked his entire life to support women and help break the glass ceiling. Michael has been active with the Arizona Democratic Party and Emerge to encourage women to take the lead and take charge. It is an honor to continue this work with Arizona List.
Kellye Trickett Serrano (Phoenix) was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona in a family of all girls. Her Marine father instilled in his daughters the notion that they could do anything they set their minds to. Kellye studied at ASU and pursued work in sales, never selling a “product,” instead selling a mission, a lifestyle, or a dream. She volunteered extensively while a stay at home mom, organizing local political rallies, fundraisers, church auctions, and planning retreats. For the past decade, Kellye has worked as a realtor. Dedication to Arizona List serves to prove her father right. Kellye lives in Tempe with her husband Raul.
Franny Sharpe (Phoenix) ascribes her involvement in and passion for politics to George W. Bush, whose regressive and destructive policies inspired her and many, many others in her generation to speak up, organize, and fight for change. Franny spent her high school and college years organizing and registering young voters with the Young Democrats of Arizona, and interning on a number of of campaigns. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2007, Franny’s dedication to Democratic politics took her to many campaigns and cities across the country, including then-Senator Obama’s Nevada operation in ’07/’08, the Iowa Democratic Party, Obama 2012, and the Arizona Democratic Party. She loves working with local candidates, and believes strongly that more women in elected office means a more effective government.
Janee Pousson (Phoenix) is a native Arizonan hailing from northeast Mesa. She is a graduate of Mountain View High School and Northern Arizona University. Janee graduated with honors Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science, International Affairs. After college she moved to Hawaii and worked at a public interest legal center assisting indigent battered undocumented women gain temporary visas. It was there she fell in love with the law and became passionate about civil rights and public interest law. Shortly thereafter, she attended law school in Lansing, MI at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She chose litigation as her concentration because she wanted to be an advocate for those who could not speak for themselves. During law school Janee was involved in Trial Team, Appellate Trial Team, and The Moot Court board, as well as served as a Senator for the Student Bar Association. After graduation, she clerked for the chief justice of the Ingham County Circuit Court, the honorable William E. Collette. Today Janee practices law mainly in the areas of tax, corporations, elections, and campaign finance.In her personal life, she has been married for 11 years and has 2 children. In her spare time Janee loves to travel, play piano, exercise, read, but mostly spend time with her family.
Rebekah Friend (Phoenix) is the first woman to be elected president of the Arizona AFL-CIO and now serves as the Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Director, making her one of the only female executive directors to head a state labor union federation in the country. Throughout her career, she has played an integral role in developing legislation to improve the lives of working people in Arizona. Friend has also served as the first President of the Coalition for Labor Union Women in Maricopa County, lobbying state legislators on pay equity bills affecting female workers. In 2002, Friend was presented a lifetime achievement award by the Arizona Democratic Party and was inducted into the party’s Hall of Fame. In 2004, she was awarded the YWCA’s Woman of the Year, their highest award for a civic leader, in addition to the Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year in Public Policy Award (2007), the Ballie Award for Electoral Impact (2007), and the Emerge Arizona Woman of the Year Award (2008).
Charlene Tarver, Esq. (Phoenix) is the principal and managing member of the Tarver Law Group, PLLC— a Phoenix-based business, contracts, and tax planning law firm. Tarver Law also represents clients in tax litigation before the IRS; provides bankruptcy services; and handles a select number of civil, criminal, and employment discrimination cases. Tarver holds a Legal Masters (LL.M.) in Taxation and a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law from Georgetown University School of Law; a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University at Buffalo School of Law; and a Bachelors in Sociology (BA) from New York University (NYU). With more than 18 years of experience in business, tax and trust planning, Tarver counsels high net worth clients, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations, with a special emphasis on small, women and family-owned enterprises. Prior to launching the Tarver Law Group, Attorney Tarver worked with the Anti Trust Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office (New York, NY); the Federal Public Defender’s Office (Buffalo, NY); the Mayor’s Office in Oakland, California; the securities division of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (Washington, DC); and charitable organizations such as Georgetown University, Arizona State University Foundation and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Tarver has also been actively involved with a number of charitable organizations and boards throughout the Valley, including the Arizona Community Foundation, Greater Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club, the Arizona Foundation for Women, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Homeward Bound, TGEN, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Charlene Tarver lives in Scottsdale, with her identical twin daughters, and is a frequent presenter on trust and estate planning, women and wealth, and charitable tax planning.